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Sanitizing Barney Frank, Part I: Sex scandals
Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/11 | Timothy P. Carney

Posted on 11/29/2011 6:12:16 AM PST by markomalley

Oh, that lovable rascal, Barney Frank! He may have been opinionated (and boy did he let you know what he felt!) but he was always looking for a way to solve problems. We need more people like him in Washington.

That's the official liberal mainstream media line on the retiring congressman from Massachusetts, and it tells us more about the media than about Barney Frank. The encomia to the man pour forth from admiring reporters from the New York Times to the Washington Post to Slate. They almost all ignore entirely Frank's role in subsidizing the housing bubble, his coziness with the very industry he was regulating, his million-dollar investments in an industry he worked to boost.

And of course, the liberal mainstream ignore or gloss over the fact that Barney Frank was censured by the House of Representatives for fixing parking tickets and writing a misleading memo to Virginia probation figures. These actions were to protect the male prostitute Frank had hired for sex, but then later hired for other duties, paying him under the table without paying withholding or Social Security taxes.

This blog post at the New York Times, the hub of Frank sanitization, describes the house censure this way:

Much of the animus against Mr. Frank from the right stems from his advocacy of gay rights, and his 1990 reprimand for hiring his roommate as a personal aide.

That's like describing John Ensign's sex scandal -- sleeping with his chief-of-staff's wife and then trying to pay the couple to be quiet -- as a matter of him finding a new job for his chief of staff.

Dave Weigel at Slate has a piece about Frank being "at home in the culture wars," and quotes him saying to gay marriage opponents, "Are your relations with your spouses of such fragility that the fact I have a committed, loving relationship with another man jeopardizes them?”

Setting aside Frank's disingenous wording there -- and disingenous wording was a staple of his bullying style -- it seems that Frank's relationships with men did matter, when those men were running prostitution rings out of his house, or when he was getting them jobs at a housing-bubble-inflating Government Sponsored Enterprise Frank was supposed to be regulating, but was instead trying to protect from all regulation.

Much of the coverage of Frank's retirement glosses over the unethical blending of his sex life and his congressional privileges. That might be because Frank is gay, and bringing up his sex-related scandals seems like gay-bashing to mainstream liberal reporters. Sex scandals are only relevant if you're conservative or a Christian, I guess.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 112th; barneyfrank; frank; homonaziagenda; homonazicrook; homonazipimp; homosexualagenda; lamestreammedia; maleprostitution; mediabias; pederastagenda; pederasty; revisionisthistory

1 posted on 11/29/2011 6:12:20 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Like Rush mentioned yesterday, there are some openings as an asst football or basketball coach.


2 posted on 11/29/2011 6:13:58 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: markomalley

I don’t think there’s enough Lysol in the world to sanitize Barney Frank.


3 posted on 11/29/2011 6:15:12 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Travis McGee

As Rush also said, with this retirement, Frank’s seat is wide open!


4 posted on 11/29/2011 6:23:50 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

Barney’s the gay Bill Clinton when it comes to sex scandals—it’s just proof of his robust human-ness, or something.


5 posted on 11/29/2011 6:24:12 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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To: Darkwolf377

The man is slime, pure slime.


6 posted on 11/29/2011 6:25:58 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: markomalley

If there was any justice in the world, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd would be in jail.


7 posted on 11/29/2011 6:28:16 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I believe the phrase is:
Barney Frank has extracted himself from a Democrat seat of government.

Let us not forget U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds who died at 69 years.......
the news media is having a feeding frenzy calling for the resignations of coaches Boeheim and Paterno, yet the the perps are hardly mentioned in comparison. Boeheim probably just thought Fine was gay.


8 posted on 11/29/2011 6:28:35 AM PST by BilLies (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Barney’s sliminess is matched by his self-righteousness. He gives off this tone of “How DARE you question my integrity!” when he’s questioned about his wrongdoing. On top of that, he’s always prancing around like he’s the smartest guy in the room, but he didn’t know a prostitution ring was being operated out of his home, had no idea his boyfriend was growing pot on his property, and asks how could he have known Fannie was heading for an iceberg?

In other words, a typical lib.


9 posted on 11/29/2011 6:37:12 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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To: smokingfrog

Franks fantasy was to be a waitress between Dodd and Kennedy!


10 posted on 11/29/2011 6:37:12 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: markomalley

The man is vile.


11 posted on 11/29/2011 6:39:44 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: PaleoBob

“How DARE you question my integwity”

fixed it


12 posted on 11/29/2011 6:42:28 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: markomalley

Grumpy Old Queen.

13 posted on 11/29/2011 6:42:33 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

14 posted on 11/29/2011 6:43:29 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: markomalley
More on Barney here:

Just beat it, Barney!

15 posted on 11/29/2011 6:44:21 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

Heh. I think Barney actually qualifies as a Superfund site.


16 posted on 11/29/2011 6:45:11 AM PST by RichInOC (Frank/Studds: Not Just Our Names, Our Way Of Life. (Gerry Studds, R.I.P.))
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To: markomalley
Barney Frank is leaving office at the end of his term. Maybe he just wants to spend more quality time with his pot-growing prostitute friends in the sub-prime lending business.
17 posted on 11/29/2011 6:46:44 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley
Before YouTube, people assumed that Frank won his elections with his wit and charm...

Odd, in that Frank possesses neither.

18 posted on 11/29/2011 6:47:47 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: BilLies
the news media is having a feeding frenzy calling for the resignations of coaches Boeheim and Paterno, yet the the perps are hardly mentioned in comparison.

Penn State University President Spanier saw Paterno as the chief obstacle for instituting his "LGBT friendly" agenda, and wanted Paterno out years ago. Sandusky was even boasting at one time about becoming head coach. He retired in 98 after Paterno told him he would never be head coach. It wasn't Paterno who gave Sandusky emeritus status at Penn State - try Spanier and the trustees. Yet Paterno is out as a result of the media frenzy led by the Sports Illustrated and ESPN NAMBLA crowd. I hope Joe Paterno sues the hell out of them all, but am afraid this will eventually be the death of him. Sadly, the gay advocates appear to have won this one...

19 posted on 11/29/2011 6:56:11 AM PST by OrioleFan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I was thinking “autoclave”...


20 posted on 11/29/2011 6:57:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: markomalley

I am surprised that Bawney is actually being gerrymandered out of a seat. I thought the only congressional districts in MA were left or even more left.


21 posted on 11/29/2011 7:00:44 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: markomalley

Let Barney practice his chosen profession in jail.


22 posted on 11/29/2011 7:15:06 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: markomalley
Much of the coverage of Frank's retirement glosses over the unethical blending of his sex life and his congressional privileges.

Gotta love that fair and unbiased MSM.../s

23 posted on 11/29/2011 7:19:53 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: markomalley
Sanitizing Barney Frank, Part I: Sex scandals

You're gonna need a bigger Douche Bag!

24 posted on 11/29/2011 7:24:32 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: markomalley

Barney Frank, another contribution to society from the bowels of Harvard. Al Qaeda only wishes they could produce the amount of psychotic radicals as that insane asylum posing as a College


25 posted on 11/29/2011 7:54:49 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: markomalley

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Today’s winner in the STUMP THE CHUMP CONTEST is Timothy P. Carney with his word “encomia”. Timothy wins high praise for using that word!


26 posted on 11/29/2011 8:21:59 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: markomalley

That’s a headline guaranteed to elicit shudders.


27 posted on 11/29/2011 9:17:47 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: MrB
Tsar Bomba.
28 posted on 11/29/2011 12:22:05 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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29 posted on 11/29/2011 12:30:35 PM PST by narses (what you bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and what you loose upon earth, shall be ..)
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To: markomalley
What sex scandals?

bawney_squeeze, barnay squeezes his boy-pal

30 posted on 11/29/2011 8:43:29 PM PST by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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To: markomalley

I find it interesting that Barney Frank announced that he will NOT run for reelection, only a day or so before the arrest of a prominent former Sheriff in Colorado (who a friend in Denver suggests was part of a group that traded meth for sex with young gay men). I can’t help but wonder if Barney had any connections in Denver - but of course, it’s probably just a coincidence.


31 posted on 12/01/2011 7:29:07 PM PST by Ocean Ranger ('unrestricted ocean operations')
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